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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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world-class

1,830 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 406
Gots: 427 | FT: 55
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale!

Cheers to the unexpected.

(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-15-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

DersOne, Nov 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

pschul4, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bauermj, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks Justin for sharing this at the 3rd annual chili showdown.
Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a dark reddish amber color with bright clarity and a frothy head that left a halo of sticky spotty lacing around the edges of the glass. Big fruity aroma of cherries and cranberries, possibly apple too. The fruit is obviously natural with a light tartness to it. Flavors of cherry are most noticeable at first, then the supporting notes of the apple and cranberry blend in afterwards. Also in the mix is a nicely dry wood tannin in the aftertaste that balances the sweet tart quality of the fruit forward notes it leads off with. It's light body is reminiscent of Cranbic a little bit, so is the moderate tartness with a slight sharpness to it. Overall it's very drinkable, worth trying if you enjoy New Glarus' fruit beers, though it's not far off from the existing range.

emerge077, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

NilocRellim, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mothman, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Small trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice green apple aroma at first closely followed by cherries.

T- sweet and tart cherries followed by green apples and the cranberries are there at the finish.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight syrupy feel with perfect amount of carbonation makes this insanely drinkable.

O- another amazing fruit beer from NG. The fruits blend perfectly together to give mouthwatering flavors and a very nice aroma.

kawilliams81, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

HoistinBrews, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cosmonick, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Wiscivore
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

Serendipity is truly a happy accident. If you mixed Belgian Red, Apple Ale, Cran-Bic, Raspberry Tart, and Enigma, I imagine this is what you'd end up with.

At first sip, you can definitely taste the cherries, so fear not, lovers of Belgian Red, the cherries are there. However, along with the cherries, there is a bit of sour taste to it, which is refreshing and keeps this from being too sweet. The aftertaste brings out the apple flavor in this beer.

I'd say more, but this beer really speaks for itself. I normally prefer Raspberry Tart to the Belgian Red, as Belgian Red borders on too sweet, but Serendipity takes care of this. Rumor has it that New Glarus will brew this again if it is popular, and I hope that is true.

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

raymo55, Nov 03, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

Clear red with an orange-brown tinge, good initial head, gradually fades.

Smells of real cherries and cranberries.

Super complex. Cherry, cranberry, sweettart, cherry pie, real raspberry aftertaste. A bit of apple and blackberry as well? Not at all cloying, as refreshing as if this were solid real fruit juice.

Quite bubbly when cold, mellowed a bit when warm.

This is definitely my favorite of the 3 fruit beers. They are all a treat, but this is the one of the three I think I could drink a whole bottle of due to the others being quite sweet. Hope this becomes a permanent addition.

Strix, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of umustdrink
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Poured a clear light amber with a pink tinge. Rocky beige head with a very slight red to it, settling at a film in the middle with a thicker ring around the rim. Appears to have been filtered. Very little activity around the nucleation site in the Duvel chalice.

S - Sour cherries, vanilla, oak with a very light funk in the background. Sweet apple notes meld with the cherry. Cinnamon spice much more apparent as it warms.

T - A sharp tartness at the beginning; it's nice, not overpowering. Tartness is mostly cherry flavored, but the oak aging has mellowed it out, taking away some of the bite and revealing the flesh of the cherry, which is earthier and more velvety. There's a bit of spice in here that shows up after the initial bite; clove, cinnamon and black pepper. Finishes with a lightly fermented apple, cinnamon and vanilla.

M - Carbonation is medium to low. Tartness burns less as the beer warms.

O - This beer works well both at fridge temp and closer to cellar temp. Poured cold it's reminiscent of sparkling wine, as it warms it gets closer to mulled cider with the spices becoming more pronounced. I drank the whole 750 myself over a period of two hours so I could see different characteristics of the beer evolve as it warmed. If you're going to share it, serve it closer to cellar temp. ABV isn't listed, but I would guess that it isn't very high, maybe 4.5 or 5.5%.

umustdrink, Nov 03, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

This beer tastes an awful lot like the debut album from the B-52s to me. It's definitely fruity, but also has a nice sourness to it as well. It's an album I enjoy listening to on occasion, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to to it very often.

All three fruits involved in this beer are immediately recognizable and full of robust flavor. I was hoping for slightly more sour, but it's a great beer nonetheless. Just not necessarily my particular style of choice.

joedevivre, Nov 02, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance - Medium/dark brownish-red. Clear. Medium tall pale red head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Smell - Sweet-tart cherries. Hints of the other fruits - apple and cranberry.

Taste - Begins very sweet with the cherry very prominent and finishes quite tart with a suggestion of cranberry. Apple flavor lingers. Taste is utterly authentic, captures the earthiness of real cherries.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - This is another absolute stand-out fruit beer from New Glarus. They seem to have a gift for capturing the authentic flavors of local fruit.

scaliasux, Nov 02, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%

1pt. 9fl. oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Small cap of off-white foam. Perfect clarity, red color with orange highlights.

S - Ripe cranberries right up front. Nice sweetness to it. Really bright, clean fruitiness.

T - I get a nice tart tingling taste on my tongue right away, some sweetness comes in. I get unripened red apples underneath the cherry sweetness. Sweetness lasts into the finish but smoothes out to a super clean fruitiness.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet.

O - Cranberries seems to be the main focus of this beer. Carbonation help stimulate and imitate the tartness of the cranberries. Glad to have another fruit beer mixed into the usual lineup of New Glarus barrel aged beers.

Jparker37, Nov 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

livingtodie, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a clear but dark ruby brown color. There is a small, off white head that fades to a ring of foam. Very light, spotty lacing. 4

S: An interesting combination of fruit smells. I get a whiff of apple juice upfront, followed by some tarter aromas. Cherry and cranberry. Fairly sweet overall. 4.5

T: Very fruity. The cranberry provides a distinct flavor that was not as clear in the aroma. This is followed by sour green apple and some light bit of caramel. Tart cherry rounds out the flavor and makes for a long, mouthwatering finish. 5

M: Medium light bodied with low but effervescent carbonation. Lightly sticky but less so than you might expect given how sweet the beer is. 4

O: Hands down the best fruit beer I've ever had. Tart cherry melds perfectly with the cranberry. The apples round the tart flavor out and make it thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable. 5

WankelEngine, Oct 31, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up a few of these during my transit back from Darkness day. Gotta love New Glarus's attitude... Failed Cherry crop? No Problem! Poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Appearance is a deep purple red that is strikingly clear. It appears just like Juicy Juice. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is amazing. First thing that comes through is cranberry with a slight tartness. The apples then pick up and provide a bit of rustic character, and then comes the cherry. The three fruits are so harmonious which makes for a candied fruit aroma that suggests a bit of sweet and a bit of tart. The taste is incredible. It starts with the more candied side of the fruits, again with a nice harmony of the three featured fruits. The sweetness gives way to a nice tartness that takes over the palate. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, New Glarus has struck gold yet again with their fruited beer. This is perhaps the most balanced and delicious one yet. If you haven't sought this one out, do it...now.

homebrew311, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Have to admit that I watched eagerly for this one to show up within firing range in Western Wisconsin - New Glarus is the unmatched, undisputed, one-of-a-kind brewer of fruit beers. And here it is, finally. 750ML bomber split with my lovely wife.

Pour the beer & hey, the bottle is green. Didn't see that coming behind the dark liquid. In the glass, it's like a huge garnet exploded into a wet format, lovely, clear dark red. Nose is the expected gushing of fruit, dominated by the cherry, apple leavings. Very nice.

Serendipity continues the fine tradition of fruit dying for the cause. Cherries are still on top of this beer, & constitute about 85.7% of the taste profile, along with a large apple slice. The cranberries I honestly wouldn't have picked out, but they add a slight tartness right at the end that lowers the sugar cane quotient to just below the level of aching teeth. There is more of a cidery echo here - the influence of the apple, of course. Bet you can't take just one sip.

Lovely. Excellent.

maximum12, Oct 31, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

This spin-off of the famed Wisconsin Belgian Red is an apple, cranberry and cherry concoction from New Glarus. The beer pores a nut brown with red highlights and sports very little foam. The cherries pull through the aroma along with a heavy dose apples. The yeast also contributes. The flavor highlights the fruit: in many ways it reminds me of carbonated fruit juice with an emphasis on apples and a twist of beery goodness. The cherries nicely compliment the apples. The cranberries contribute tartness. The palate is left dry. This beer is complex with unique character.

BeardedBoffin, Oct 30, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is crystal-clear and cranberry-red with some nice bubbles streaming from the bottom. There is 2 fingers of nice, fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has lots of tart cranberry aromas. I also get the apples and, to a lesser extent, cherries.

The beer has a light body and a nice, bubbly mouthfeel. I get lots of fruit flavors, primarily sweet and sour cranberry and apple (cherries definitely take a back seat). The beer is quite sweet, but it feels like a natural sweetness and it is well-balanced by tartness from the cranberries. The finish is also quite fruity, puckery, and has a wine-like tannic feel, drying out the mouth and leaving flavors of cranberries lingering behind.
It is extremely drinkable and should be tart enough to please fans of spontaneously-fermented beers.

I just loved this beer. It was the first of 3 New Glarus beers I traded for that I get to enjoy and already it was the most intensely-flavored fruit beer I have ever had. It had such intense flavors, it was almost like drinking fruit juice. I suppose that might not appeal to some beer drinkers, but I really enjoyed it. I wish New Glarus beers like this one were available where I live (I had to trade for this one - thanks ABisonEgo). I wouldn't drink them all the time, but I would definitely crack one open every so often. One word of warning, though. Do NOT buy this beer if you don't like cranberries. Be warned!

deadonhisfeet, Oct 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

theminutemen, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

FeelinSurley, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

phingdong, Oct 28, 2012
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.